The Overberg, situated south-east of Cape Town in the Western Cape, is known as a gateway to the Garden Route coastal stretch, as well as offering a diverse landscape of rugged mountain ranges and numerous luxury apartments and villas to rent. The region stretches from the Hottentots-Holland Mountains in the west, to Swellendam in the east. In the north it reaches as far as the Riviersonderend Mountains, and in the south to the beautiful South African coastline.
As well as its landscape and wonderful coastal views, the Overberg is known for its vegetation, including fynbos (small heather-like trees and shrubs which covers the region & #39;s mountains, lowland valleys and coastal plains) and its canola fields with their bright yellow flowers in September. Our Overberg holiday Villas to rent are located in some of the most desirable spots. Recommended areas to visit here include the beautiful De Hoop Nature Reserve, also known as a great place to view whales while on vacation. The towns of Hermanus and Gansbaai are particularly popular as well during the whale season between June and December, with Hermanus offering a great place for whale watching along its cliff path, and Gansbaai, famous for sightings of both whales and Great White sharks. Whales also swim near Hermanus town’s Grotto Beach and adjacent Walker Bay Nature Reserve. Another recommended destination to visit is the Agulhas National Park, on Africa’s southernmost tip, with its 19th-century lighthouse with views of the Indian and Atlantic oceans. Northeast, Bontebok National Park is home to interesting bird life, including the blue crane.
Popular for nature reserves and gardens, the Overberg is home to the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens and the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. There is also a fruit route through the villages of Barrydale, Elgin and Villiersdorp, and wine tastings at Bot Rivier, Grabouw, the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Villiersdorp, Elim and Stanford. The Overberg is a perfect base for exploring this beautiful coast, historic villages, its mountain passes and wildflowers, while enjoying everything from watching whales to wine tasting, admiring wildflowers and enjoying local cuisine along the way.